Computer Stores Near Me: Where to Get Your Computer Repaired In South Charlotte

Computer Repair Stores Near  South Charlotte

When it comes to our personal technology, there may be nothing more frustrating than a broken or slow computer. Between school and work, every member of your household probably depends on a personal computer at some point during their day. We pay our bills, manage our schedules, contact our family members, and do research from our computers; they have become lifelines to the world around us. A slow machine can turn a simple task into a time-consuming chore. A computer that is constantly freezing can bring some to tears. Have you ever lost all of the data, pictures, etc. on your hard drive? We can help with all of these issues!

At Experimac of Charlotte we specialize in Apple® computer repairs and upgrades. Although in most cases, products are not considered vintage until they are more than 20 years old which is not the case with Mac® computers. In the world of Mac computers, products more than 5 years old are considered vintage and considered obsolete by those at the Apple Inc. store. Experimac Charlotte will even work on your vintage Mac computer. If your Apple computer is running slow or is low on storage, we know what to do to get it working to your standards. If your iMac® computer has recently stopped functioning due to a faulty logic board or even just a broken fan, our team of professional technicians can bring your machine back to life quickly whether it’s vintage or not.

We understand that upgrades and repairs are necessary from time to time but rest assured, we use high quality hardware to ensure a long life into the future for your treasured Mac computer. Having a large inventory of parts is a priority for Experimac so that your repairs can happen as quickly as possible. There is no better computer repair service in Charlotte than Experimac because our trustworthy technicians are extensively trained on iMac computer hardware and software. Our team knows how to get inside your iMac computer without damaging the shell and even though Apple Inc. has designed some newer products in a way that make it difficult to get in there, we know how to do it. The goal is always to bring you the best possible service.

Whether you use your computer to design websites, play video games, write award-winning novels, or edit photos of your adventures here in Charlotte, we know how important your Mac computer is to you. Experimac offers a 90-day warranty on all repairs so you can rest assured not matter how big or small your repair or upgrade is.

You can trust Experimac of Charlotte with all of your computer repairs and upgrades. Bring your Mac computer in today for a free estimate. We look forward to working with you!

Owner Spotlight: Jeff and Monika Prainito from Experimac of Charlotte, NC

Jeff and Monika Prainito from Experimac of Charlotte, NC

We just recently sat down to have a chat with the hard-working, but fun, husband-wife team behind Experimac of Charlotte, NC, Jeff and Monika Prainito. Their location in the booming area of Charlotte opened up just over a year ago, at the end of July 2015. With franchises across the country, Experimac is a trusted tech source for Apple® product repairs and upgrades, pre-owned sales and trade-ins for iPhone® devices, iPad® tablets, iMac® computers, MacBook® laptops and more. Experimac also sells accessories for these devices and we offer same day service for repairs and upgrades. Often, we’re able to fix your device for you while you wait. Experimac offers a 90-day warranty on all repairs so customers never have to worry about their repair work.

Choosing to open Experimac of Charlotte came as a result of one of Jeff’s friends working with Transworld Business Advisors and connecting Jeff with Experimac. “For me, it was about wanting to be the first one in Charlotte and getting our choice of location,” said Jeff. Monika really liked the idea of people having another option other than the Apple® store.

Jeff and Monika Prainito from Experimac of Charlotte, NCOwning a small business of their own comes as nothing new to this power couple. Growing up, Jeff’s family were small business owners, opening three separate restaurants. And Monika is a business owner herself, completing architectural surveys. They seem to balance one another out well and are therefore able to focus on different angles of their Experimac business. Jeff is clearly a people person who is eager to please his customers with good service and looks forward to the moment they smile as they walk out the door with a working device in hand. Monika is able to see things differently from behind-the-scenes and provides valuable insight as she handles the marketing for Experimac of Charlotte. More than anything, it’s evident that Charlotte is home and they really want to do their part to be part of this thriving community. Here is more of what they shared with us about the journey of owning an Experimac location.

EXPERIMAC: What’s your background from a work experience angle?
Jeff: When I was really young, I did work on the first computers, the 386-40MHz and the 486-50MHz. Things you probably have never even imagined. I custom built AutoCAD workstations. Later, I had a full career in industrial engineering in the automotive and healthcare industries. Then, this opportunity came to own our own small business.
Monika: I have been working on computers, as a user, for 25 years. I am an interior designer but I’m more into the drafting side of it. That’s what I was doing in the hi-tech world, working with telecommunications companies. I was drafting and marketing for them. I eventually started my own company and have been working as an architectural surveyor and I started using PC computers until our oldest son suggested I switch to Mac® computers so I did and I’ve been using Apple® computers for about 6 years now. So the idea behind Experimac immediately appealed to me. I still do my surveying and I help Jeff with marketing for Experimac of Charlotte.

EXPERIMAC: Have you worked together professionally before opening Experimac of Charlotte?
Monika: Since I knew of Jeff’s background with AutoCAD and computers, while we were waiting for Experimac to be ready to go, we worked together for a few months doing the surveying. It was very interesting! I didn’t know he would do so well, so quickly. We actually did some of our own surveying jobs, he at one site and I at another.
Jeff: I used Macs® to do it. Yeah, she didn’t know I would be as good as I was. On a serious note, Monika is a great boss and a great trainer. She is by far, one of the best in the country at what she does.

EXPERIMAC: How has it been working together? How would you explain the experience?
Monika: I would say that because we have different perspectives on it, we complement one another. He is great with the customers and the technical part and being the front man at the store. I do more of the marketing side, behind-the-scenes. If I’m there, I will say hello and have quick conversations with customers but I prefer being behind-the-scenes. Jeff totally enjoys the interaction with customers.

EXPERIMAC: Sounds like it’s been a good fit, then.
Monika: Yes, totally. I see the business more from the behind-the-scenes, entrepreneurial side of it and he’s very much about the commercial, out front with the customer side of it. It works really well for us.

EXPERIMAC: Tell us a little bit about your family.
Monika: Of course! We have 3 children. Our oldest son, 29 years old, is an audio producer in South America. He lives in Colombia. He uses a lot of Apple® products and computers and he’s even working with Spotify now. Someday, he’d like to leave South America and go to Germany to work on his music there. We also have 16-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, they are sophomores in high school. Of course, they love their iPhones! . . . and sports, both are very involved at school, but they both worked a little at the store over the summer. She can repair an iPhone already. He seems to like the business side of it more.
EXPERIMAC: So they balance one another, just like you and Jeff do. That’s great!

EXPERIMAC: What is your connection to Charlotte? Why did you choose to open your store here?
Jeff: My company relocated me to Charlotte from Michigan about 8 years ago. This location is right around the corner from us, our kids go to school close by and it’s just very convenient. When I talked to Jim Muir, founder of the Experimac brand, his main advice was whatever you do, make sure your store is as close to your house as you can get it. You’ll be there a lot and you want it be an easy commute. I took his advice. We’re about a mile from our house.
Monika: It’s a really nice, family-oriented area. For me, it was important to be close to our house and the kids’ school. Our kids go to one of the best high schools in the area so I really liked it for that reason. There are also a lot of big companies moving their headquarters to Charlotte so there are a lot of businesses in Charlotte and the areas nearby like Ballantyne and South Charlotte. In that sense, we thought we had a great opportunity in this area.

EXPERIMAC: Now that you’ve been in Charlotte for 8 years and have opened up your own business, how involved are you with the local community?
Monika: We want to get more involved but we have had some meetings with the Chamber of Commerce and now we’re working on getting involved with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. They approached me about us joining their group a couple of months ago. This is a big deal here. We’re working on this more and more. We are members of a big church and that’s another place we are able to network through and market our business as well. Also, through the school and the sports teams, we’re able to help get the name out there.
Jeff: Like Monika says, the kids being in high school and in sports has been a great feeder for broken cell phone repairs and computer sales. I fixed most of their friends’ phones (some, multiple times) at our kitchen table leading up to the store opening. I attend various business networking groups and we are also listed on the Blakeney Racquet and Swim Club VIP Discount card, for example, offering exclusive discounts to club members.
EXPERIMAC: Grass roots marketing is a big part of it; getting people to know the brand more. We’re sure you’ll get more and more involved each year.

EXPERIMAC: What would you say has been the most interesting or exciting part of being in business over the past year?
Jeff: For me, personally, it’s when a customer comes in with a seemingly difficult repair, for which they have been quoted a very high price or have been told it cannot be fixed, and we happen to have just the right part for them at a price $100’s less than another place would have charged them for it. It’s just amazing how those things happen. It’s a great feeling. I can think of 10 stories like that when exactly what I need comes through the door just when I need it. Those little miracles and people smiling when they walk out of our store, that’s what I want and that’s what I enjoy.

EXPERIMAC: What kind of feedback have you gotten from customers?
Monika: They love it! For the most part, we have really great reviews. Even yesterday, while I was at the store, someone stopped by just to say how great the store was. People like it a lot. Once they know that we’re here and what we do, they really like the idea.
Jeff: Yeah, I get that every day. People come in and say “what a great concept,” “we’re so glad you’re here,” “it’s just so convenient,” etc. We’re now down to the 3rd or 4th level of referrals . . . “My friend told me,” “My cousin told me,” etc. A lady came in just to see me because she was referred by another customer who told her, “you have to go see Jeff, he takes care of all our devices.” She brought her Samsung phone in for repair, and I tried to give her the best advice possible in her situation. People appreciate the honesty. We don’t try to talk them into repairs they don’t need.

This is one of my favorite reviews on Google: “This store is fantastic for Apple repairs, sales, and buybacks. They successfully fixed water damage on a MacBook Pro that Apple said was ruined for a very reasonable cost. They also repaired my iPhone 6+ very quickly. Great ownership and friendly environment.”

EXPERIMAC: That’s really great! It must make you guys feel really good with such a warm reception from everyone.
Monika: Jeff is amazing at that. He has a great heart and it shows with his customers. People appreciate that. He gets a lot of appreciation for that.

EXPERIMAC: Honesty is refreshing for people these days.
Monika: People find a store like ours easier to approach. We can provide a lot of one-on-one attention.

EXPERIMAC: How many hours does Jeff typically work at the store in a week?
Monika: He’s here about 60 hours a week, probably 10 hours a day. The store is open Monday – Saturday so we feel his absence at home at times but it’s part of owning a business. We’ve had conversations about it, being the business owner, he needs to be there and maybe eventually, there will be a manager he can trust and leave there while he takes care of other sides of the business. He enjoys it a lot though!

EXPERIMAC: What would you say are the top skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
Monika: Most importantly, you need to love what you’re doing. Also, you need to know what you don’t know so you can find someone to help you with those things as well.
EXPERIMAC: Wise words.

Jeff and Monika are working really hard to push their business ahead. Balancing business ownership and family time is demanding but they are both excited about this journey with Experimac. Monika hopes they can take a nice vacation on a beautiful island with the whole family one day soon but in the meantime, she and Jeff will keep working towards success with Experimac of Charlotte. Feel free to stop by and present Jeff Prainito with your technology challenge and we’re sure you’ll get nothing but the truth from this successful entrepreneur.

Where To Buy Pre-Owned Apple® Products: Experience the Experimac Difference

Where to buy Pre-owned Apple products in South Charlotte

Apple products are known for their usability, sleek design, and of course, their hefty price tags. This is why buying a pre-owned Apple product can be a great option. However, finding a trustworthy source of previously owned Apple products can be a difficult task, as not all resellers are the same or offer warranties on pre-owned products.

At Experimac of Charlotte, we are experts in the field of Apple repairs and offer a 90-day warranty on all our pre-owned products. Every pre-owned Mac® computer, iPhone® device, or iPad® tablet that comes to Experimac goes through a rigorous refurbishing process. Our products are thoroughly analyzed, cleaned, and inspected, and only products that meet our high standards will be made available to consumers. When you buy from Experimac, you can feel confident you are receiving only the highest quality pre-owned product that functions like new.

We also know that buying pre-owned products of any kind can be risky so at Experimac of Charlotte we proudly offer a 90-day warranty on all pre-owned Apple products. This means that if something breaks or is not working properly on the device you purchased, we will repair or replace the defective part at no cost to you. Other resellers often do not offer any guarantees on pre-owned products. However, at Experimac we want you to rest assured that you and your device are in good hands even after you leave our store.

Buying a pre-owned Apple product can be a difficult process. With Experimac of Charlotte’s inventory of high quality pre-owned products and our 90-day warranty, it doesn’t have to be. If you are in the market for a pre-owned Apple device, try stopping in at Experimac today and experience the Experimac difference.

Adding RAM to Your Mac® Computer or Laptop: What You Need to Know

Do you know one of the most common reasons a computer might be running slower than expected? Bad RAM or not enough RAM.

RAM (Random Access Memory) is a hardware device that allows information to be stored and retrieved on a computer. Unlike a CD or hard drive, RAM is accessed randomly instead of sequentially allowing the computer to access data fast. Most computer users will notice that their computer is in need of additional RAM when their computer is booting up.

As you boot your computer up, data is sent to the memory to process instructions which can be passed along to software that you access after booting up. Each program that you open (including the browser used to access this web page) is loaded into memory while it is running. Often times, individuals will confuse the term memory with disk space. Disk storage space refers to the hardware in your computer that is capable of storing data either permanently or temporarily.

Most Apple® computers are shipped with 4 to 16 GB of RAM. The lower end of that number might be too low for your personal uses. For example, users that intend to run several programs at once such as video editing software, games, and other similar programs, would require more than just 4 GB of RAM.

If your computer has been running slow, booting programs at a snail’s pace, or taking a long time to open documents – you probably need additional RAM. The trained technicians at Experimac of Charlotte can run a diagnostic test on your Mac computer to locate any failures that your machine may have encountered. By running this diagnostic, Experimac’s team can determine what the issue is and if it is RAM, make suggestions on what amount may meet your needs.

Unfortunately, once a computer reaches a certain age, the Apple store will no longer service it, making it impossible to upgrade the computer. Experimac of Charlotte is proud to offer RAM upgrades to all Mac computer users.

Bring your slow moving Apple computer into Experimac of Charlotte today! We look forward to bringing your Mac computer back to life with new RAM.

Pre-Owned Apple® Store: Pre-Owned Apple Products That You Can Trust

Pre-Owned Apple Products That You Can Trust

There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get right after you purchase a brand new phone. Possibilities seem endless as you hold in your hands a mobile device, which 92% of American adults possess and cherish. But what if you received this phone as a gift, and instead of being brand new, it was really a pre-owned product? How can you be sure that your new, beloved phone is as good as new? Does “mint condition” mean the same quality as fresh out of the box?

Here at Experimac of Charlotte, a growing retailer of pre-owned Apple products, we promise our customers the answers and attention they deserve in order to make the most educated buying decisions to satisfy their electronic needs. Tight budgets can afford our pricing, trust our warranty and benefit from the savings.

Reconditioning Process of Pre-Owned Apple Products
We’ve all heard that knowledge is power, and the same goes for understanding reconditioned products and their value. Not everyone has extra cash to invest in a new computer, but the option is available to look into buying a reconditioned device at a lower price. Fear of the unknown is dissolved when we take the time to learn about our investments. Experimac of Charlotte makes it simple for any buyer to be a smart buyer.

All pre-owned apple products undergo a rigorous reconditioning process before they are marked for sale at Experimac of Charlotte. Each and every product you find in our stores, whether it be a Mac® computer, iPhone® device, iPod® device, Apple TV® device, accessories or iPad® tablet, works just like new and meets our high standards. If you are one of 73% of the population who own a desktop or laptop, would you be interested in browsing our large, ever-expanding stock of pre-owned Apple® products, knowing each one is carefully cleaned, thoroughly inspected, and handled with the utmost care before you see it on our shelves?

Actions Gain Trust
Spend less and reduce the stress of your decision by reading the warranty. It never hurts to cover the “”what if”” scenarios before making a purchase. At Experimac, we pave the path to a risk-free purchase with our 90-day guarantee. If something breaks, we promise to repair or replace the defective part at zero cost to you! Experimac Charlotte is hands down the place to go to save money on pre-owned Apple products.

Stop by Experimac Charlotte and see what we have to offer!

Pre-Owned Mac® Products: Choosing Pre-Owned Apple® Products, What You Need To Know

Ask any long-term user of Mac products what they love most about their computer and more than likely they will say – reliability. Mac products are not sold in the volume of other computers; they’re more expensive and are sometimes intimidating to PC users. Additionally, gaining access to test out the usability of Mac products can be very limited in some areas specifically here in Charlotte. Buyers who are on a tight budget often find even the most affordable Mac computers unobtainable which can lead them to consider purchasing a pre-owned model. Of course purchasing anything pre-owned comes with risks.

Here are some tips for purchasing a pre-owned Mac product:

What is a pre-owned Mac product?
Pre-owned Mac products can include gently used Mac computers, Macbook® laptops, and iPad® tablets that were traded in for an upgrade or bought out-right for rebuild. Pre-owned Mac products are inspected, repaired, and tested prior to being sold at a lower cost. At Experimac in Charlotte, we are proud to offer our customers a 90-day repair or replace guarantee on every product you purchase.

Why purchase pre-owned Mac product?
Mac products are known for their sleek design, reliability, and cutting edge technology – not to mention their easy usability. Unfortunately, brand new Mac computers can cost a hefty penny. Pre-owned machines also offer the high reliability and ease of use like brand new Mac computers but at a much lower price point. Buyers can feel confident that their investment is in a high quality machine that functions just as it would if it came from the Apple store.

How much savings can you expect?
Pricing for each pre-owned product is unique and based on the age and computing capability of that product. While there are no exact savings that we can guarantee for each of our pre-owned Mac products, our pre-owned prices tend to run 40% to 60% of a comparable new product.

What about warranties?
Experimac of Charlotte is proud to offer a 90-day repair or replace on every pre-owned Mac product that we sell. We also offer our customers a full 7 days to familiarize themselves with their new product ensuring that they can feel confident that they have purchased a product that meets or exceeds their expectations.

Owning a high quality machine doesn’t have to break the bank. Experimac Charlotte has a large inventory of pre-owned Mac products such as iMac® computers, MacBook Pro® laptops, and more that can fit your needs and budget. If you or your family is in need of a computer, consider stopping by your local Experimac store to try out a pre-owned Mac product. Our trained staff can answer any questions you might have about taking the plunge.

Experimac South Charlotte Opening August 5th

On Aug. 5, a husband-wife duo will open Charlotte’s first Experimac, Experimac South Charlotte, a retail concept centered on providing repairs, upgrades, trade-ins and sales of previously owned Apple products.

Jeff and Monika Prainito will open Experimac South Charlotte at 16131 Lancaster Highway, Suite 3. The two have backgrounds in industrial engineering, supply chain, health care and entrepreneurship, according to a recent statement from the company.

Experimac is a franchise concept from United Franchise Group, which, according to the statement, plans to open another three Experimac locations in Charlotte and a total of 15 stores across North Carolina and 10 in South Carolina within the next few years.

Experimac provides repair services for Apple laptops, phones and tablets, trade-ins of existing devices and sales of accessories and software upgrades.

“Apple devices are only growing in popularity and the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a business that hadn’t yet made it to North Carolina to help more people to gain access to them was perfect for me,” Jeff Prainito said in the statement.

Read more: The Charlotte Observer

Experimac South Charlotte Opening August 5th